Professional eSports teams are not usually the material of Hollywood pictures. But they are set to get the Will Ferrell treatment with the 49-year old cast in a comedy about the phenomenon. Yet to be awarded a title, the veteran will link up with a team behind the scenes that is already starting to take shape.
Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn of SpongeBob SquarePants 3 fame are already penning the script for the story as Gary Sanchez and Mosaic work hard to put the pieces in place as producers for the project. Further details will be made public when production begins in earnest next year.
Similar Themes To Another Ferrell Sports Comedy
Said to follow in the footsteps of the 2006 flick Talladega Nights by Ferrell, the eSports film clearly won't be taking itself too seriously. As part of the synopsis, the actor will be an anomaly in a sport where players retire more times than not in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination as he powers on through to his late 40s.
The best eSports players can be involved as young as 15 with the highest earners making $20m in prize money in some cases. This will be perfect fodder for Ferrell, who loves nothing more than to lampoon the sporting arena. From NASCAR to soccer (Kicking & Screaming), ice skating (Blades of Glory) and basketball (Semi-Pro).
Working Alongside Old Friend For Fresh Parody
He might have inked a deal for an upcoming comedy, but that isn't slowing down Ferrell's plans. The actor is currently wrapping up production for Sony's new version of Holmes and Watson. The comedy reunites him with John C. Reilly, a co-star on numerous flicks like Step Brothers, Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights.
The Sherlock Holmes story is rarely viewed through a comedic prism as Ferrell and Reilly aim to bring something fresh to the table for the old English tale. The pair are renowned for delivering classic one liners throughout their time on screen together and if they have their way on set, there will be plenty more to come. Shake and bake!